'Inferno' at block of flats in Bedford kills one - with more feared dead

7/4/2022 11:14:00 PM

Authorities fear more people may have lost their lives in the blaze on Redwood Grove

Authorities fear more people may have lost their lives in the blaze on Redwood Grove

Earlier it was announced three people, including a firefighter, had been injured. Two of them suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to Bedford Hospital South Wing, while a third sustained leg injuries and was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

It is understood there was no main gas going into the property.But firefighters investigating the cause of the blaze say their"working assumption is around gas" and they"can't rule out a heating stove or anything of that nature".

Bedfordshire Police Chief Superintendent John Murphy said it is possible more deaths will be discovered in the coming days as emergency services search the scene."Very sadly, we know that at least one person has passed away in the explosion today," Mr Murphy said.

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Huge explosion rocks block of flats & fire breaks out amid warning to stay awayA FIRE has broken out following a large explosion at a block of flats. Firefighters have called it a major incident and warned the public to stay away. Adam Fisher, 37, said he heard a “huge … look at my boobs😘

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But firefighters investigating the cause of the blaze say their"working assumption is around gas" and they"can't rule out a heating stove or anything of that nature". Bedfordshire Police Chief Superintendent John Murphy said it is possible more deaths will be discovered in the coming days as emergency services search the scene. It is possible more deaths will be discovered in the coming days as emergency services search the scene, police have warned. "Very sadly, we know that at least one person has passed away in the explosion today," Mr Murphy said. Witnesses described hearing an explosion at a block of flats before seeing an "inferno". "There is a possibility that there will be more fatalities discovered in the coming days as we continue to search through the scene and a number of people, as my colleague from the fire services has identified, were injured as well today. Two people were taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with serious injuries, according to East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS)." 'I saw someone jump from the second-floor window' A local resident said they saw one person leap from a second-floor window to escape the burning block. Adam Fisher, 37, whose office is nearby, said: "A huge explosion heard - everyone went to our work car park to see what was happening.

Pictures from the scene showed the three-storey structure on fire, and emergency services warned people to stay indoors and keep their windows and doors closed. A firefighter was admitted to Bedford South Wing Hospital with smoke inhalation and has since returned home. "Our building is adjacent to the apartment complex - immediately an inferno (was) visible, huge smoke cloud billowing, people screaming and people frantically calling for emergency services. Adam Fisher, who works in a nearby building, said:"A huge explosion [was] heard - everyone went to our work car park to see what was happening. "Our building is adjacent to the apartment complex - immediately an inferno (was) visible, huge smoke cloud billowing, people screaming and people frantically calling for emergency services. ‘There is a possibility that there will be more fatalities discovered in the coming days as we continue to search through the scene and a number of people, as my colleague from the fire services has identified, were injured as well today." Another witness, who did not want to be named, said:"I walked to town and saw the flames and also witnessed someone jump from the second-floor window whilst flames were blaring out." Fire in bedford 😳." 'I just hope hardly anyone was in there' Bali Mummon told Sky News:"You just kind of felt helpless at the time, thinking of the worst. ‘I heard the explosion from my house round the corner,’ she said.

"The hope is people were not seriously injured - or even fatalities. "And I don't know what's happened, but I just hope there was hardly anyone in there.’ Adam Fisher, 37, a sales worker whose office is nearby, said he heard a ‘huge explosion’ before witnessing ‘an inferno’ at the site and people screaming." John O'Reilly, 76, was"knocked off [his] feet" by the explosion. He added:"There were bricks in the road, so it was obviously a very large explosion to do that sort of damage. ‘Our building is adjacent to the apartment complex – immediately an inferno (was) visible, huge smoke cloud billowing, people screaming and people frantically calling for emergency services." The nearby John Bunyan Centre was set up as an emergency assistance centre, with members of the British Red Cross present to help.

. Police, fire and ambulance services all remained at the scene this afternoon.